No. 11 WVU players give 'props' to elusive Texas RB ForemanBy Darlene Powers Nov 13, 2016
This BIG-12 match-up will get underway at High Noon ET and can be seen on the Fox sports 1 Network. The Falcons had beaten only FCS club North Dakota by a point and improved only to 2-8 Wednesday despite ranking last in the nation in turnover margin beforehand at minus-17.
As West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen has pointed out on more than one occasion the last couple weeks, turnovers were the main culperate in WVU's only loss of the season.
The Mountaineers have found success through their balance. In contrast to the offensive onslaughts allowed against California and Oklahoma earlier in the year, Saturday's battle provided the type of defense expected from Strong's team when he took over the program.
The touchdown gave the Mountaineers a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter. The combination of quarterback to pass catchers has tallied over 287 yards a game.
Two years ago, in 2014, West Virginia dropped a 33-16 decision to the Longhorns in Austin, but last season claimed a 38-20 triumph in Morgantown.
West Virginia likes to keep their offensive attack as balanced as possible. The former Hutto Hippo has already thrown for more than 3,000 yards with 30 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Skyler Howard threw only 12 passes in this game past year; that figure needs to go way up. That cut the score to 24-20 with 1:28 left. The defense has been a definite positive for the Mountaineers this season but in this one they are going to get a heavy dose of D'Onta Foreman, he is averaging seven yards a carry and has 13 touchdowns.
This is probably the most interesting game remaining on the Mountaineers' schedule.
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West Virginia responded with a three and out following the turnover but the Longhorns would flip the field and a 51-yard punt would put the Mountaineers starting at their own 34-yard line. Defensively, Charlie (Strong) has always had his hand in what they were doing. Texas is still trying to get bowl-eligible after not making one last season. Yet six red-zone trips netted only two touchdowns. He also has scampered for 126 yards and another score. We're fighting for something, they're fighting for something. That does not take away from D'onta Foreman whatsoever, because he is having the year of his career.
When freshmen signal-caller Shane Buechele tossed the pigskin around, he looks to his number one receiver Armanti Foreman.
Ka'Raun White led the Mountaineer receivers with 82 yards and one touchdown on 6 receptions, with his touchdown coming on this wonderful catch.
It has definitely been a roller coaster of a season for Texas in 2016.
100 - With Shorts' 104-yard receiving day and Shelton Gibson's 102-yard receiving day versus Kansas, the Mountaineers had multiple receivers with at least 100 yards for the first time since Gibson and Jovon Durante both went over 100 yards against Georgia Southern on September 5, 2015. On the defense, Texas football yields 270.6 yards in passing and 193.6 yards in rushing against their opponents.
The Mountaineers (7-1, 4-1) still have a legitimate shot at winning their first Big 12 title. They're also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as a home favorite and are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five conference games.
After blocking Trent Domingue's 37-yard FG attempt, WVU went on a 14-play TD drive in which the Mountaineers' converted third-and-5, third-and-5 and third-and-9 (on a 23-yard post route to the Texas 3 on a catch by Shelton Gibson against Kris Boyd - and Gibson let Boyd hear about it).
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